The body of a 52-year-old Osawatomie man who disappeared two months ago was found Friday by two fishermen. The Kansas City Star says the Miami County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified the body as Benjamin L. Wolf, who had been reported missing since Jan. 10. Wolf’s body was found by two people who were fishing at the Eighth Street bridge in Osawatomie early Friday. The sheriff’s office said in January that Wolf was last seen around that area.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Health Department say 10 cases of measles have been identified in Johnson, Linn and Miami counties. The agencies said in a news release Monday that eight Johnson County residents and one Linn County resident who contracted the disease are associated with a child care facility in Johnson County.
Humboldt’s police chief escaped injury after someone alledgedly attempted to run him over last week. Aaccording to a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called out to Humboldt to investigate the incident. Authorities say, after interviewing witnesses, 37-year-old Clint David Johns, Humboldt, was identified as the driver of a vehicle that attempted to run over Police Chief Brian Dillow while he was out for a jog. Johns was arrested a short time later without incident.
Chanute Superintendent Richard Proffitt will be leaving USD 413 for the same position in Pittsburg. According to The Chanute Tribune, the announcement came Thursday at a special Pittsburg Community Schools board meeting. That board will vote on his contract at its regular meeting March 26, and he is slated to begin July 1, 2018. Proffitt will replace Destry Brown, who was previously the assistant superintendent and a principal for USD 413. Proffitt has been employed by the Chanute school district for the last three years.
A Red Flag Warning for high wind is in effect again today and outdoor burning is discouraged. KOAM TV reports numerous grass fires in Southeast Kansas yesterday, including some in Montgomery County that officials believe were intentionally set and one firefighter was injured.
The Chanute Regional Development Authority hasannounced that Chanute has been selected as the newest location for a Braum’s Ice Cream Shop and Burger Restaurant. It will be located at the Northeast corner of 21st and Santa Fe in Chanute. Closing on the property has been completed with a ground-breaking date to be announced soon.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the Allen CO RWD 10 public water supply located in southern Allen County. Laboratory testing samples collected indicate no evidence of contamination and KDHE officials have deemed the situation to be resolved.
The committee that controls Allen County’s economic development fund told applicants this week that they will soon find out if they will recieve any funds. According to The Iola Register, the committee has devised a rating system to determine their merit. A high enough score would rate further consideration by the Allen County commission. Committee members are expected to give their evaluations to county commissioners before their Tuesday meeting. The Moran Market, the Mildred Store, Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli, The Regional Rural Technical Center, and the Pregnancy Resource Center are all seeking funding.
Allen County commissioners learned this week that adequate staffing of paramedics on Allen County ambulances is a constant concern. The Register reports that Iola administrator Sid Fleming said that top-notch training is only working to better prepare employees to seek better-paying jobs elsewhere.
We have a red flag warning for our listening area until 7pm. Outdoor burning is discouraged today.
At this week’s meeting, The Iola City Council approved new personnel policies. According to The Iola Register, Mayor Jon Wells cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of a new personnel policy that transfers much of the personnel decisions for city employees from the Iola City Council to City Administrator Sid Fleming. The 3-3 deadlock followed another extensive discussion among Council members regarding the new policy’s short- and long-term ramifications.
Meanwhile, Humboldt council members gave City Administrator Cole Herder the go-ahead to extend a line east of town to provide water for a rebuild for U.S. 169 running north from Humboldt. The extension will start from a line feeding the Humboldt schools sports complex and end at 1400 Street. Cost of the project, to be done by Humboldt’s crew, is estimated at $18,500.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a Boil Water Advisory for Allen County RWD 10. This is an area along Old 169 from the area of Monarch Cement south to the Allen/Neosho County line. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure. The advisory took effect yesterday and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved. A link to the KDHE news release is on the Iola Radio Facebook page.
An aviation expo runs from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the Recreation Community Building in Iola’s Riverside Park. The expo is in connection with the Iola Reads campaign, which is focusing on “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. If you have questions or you want to help out, call the Iola Public Library at 365-3262. The public is invited.
Allen County Republican precinct members voted last night to recommend Iola realtor John Brocker to fill the vacancy on the Allen County Commission. Brocker was one of three candidates who were successfully nominated and seconded, along with Bruce Symes and Fred Apt. In the final vote among the eight committee members, Brocker gathered five of the votes to win. His name will now be submitted to officials in Topeka who will have to sign off on the appointment before he can be seated. Brocker will serve through the end of this year. A commissioner will be elected in November to fulfill the final two years of the term. The filing deadline is June 1.
A woman from Madison was killed yesterday in a one vehicle accident in Coffey County. 56 year old Jeri Ann Moreland died after left the roadway and rolled 8 miles west of Burlington. Her vehicle came to a rest on its top in a creek bed and was partially submerged.